CAMBRIDGE - Carol (Fleischer) Boswell, a resident of Greenfield for 33 years, died on April 26 at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, two days before her 90th birthday.
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In recent years, Mrs. Boswell lived in the Boston area, most recently as a resident of Carleton Willard Village seniors community in Bedford.
For 26 years, she taught history and social studies at Northampton High School.
Born on April 28, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Madeleine Mayer Fleischer and Morris S.B. Fleischer, D.D.S.
Although she was a Bay State resident for more than half her life, Mrs. Boswell was born and grew up in the New York City area. She also lived in West Hartford, Conn., Plainfield, N.J., and Greenville, S.C. She was a lifelong summer resident of Provincetown, Mass.
Mrs. Boswell earned a B.A. degree at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a Master's Degree in education at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She was a dedicated alumnae volunteer for Skidmore College.
She was active in her community in many ways: in literacy programs, work with senior citizens in Greenfield, leadership roles in the League of Women Voters in Greenfield and as a founding member of the Greenville, S.C., Unitarian Fellowship. She came from a family of artists, and enjoyed painting and writing. Her watercolor paintings are currently on display in a one-woman show at Carleton Willard. Although she was an ardent Democrat, she was an avid collector of elephants, a tribute to her grandfather, Joseph Mayer, an executive in the Barnum & Bailey Circus and a business partner of Buffalo Bill Cody in his Wild West Show.
Mrs. Boswell was predeceased by her husband, Werner L. Boswell, also a Greenfield resident for many years, who died in 1975.
She is survived by two daughters, Lucy B. Siegel of New York City and Marianne Boswell of Lexington, Mass., and three grandsons, David Siegel of Berkeley, Calif., Joshua Siegel of San Francisco and Samuel Boswell of Lexington.
A memorial service will be held at Carleton Willard Village in Bedford, Mass., on June 8 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to "The Dorothy Messenger Scholarship Fund" at Carleton Willard, 100 Old Billerica Road, Bedford, MA 01730, to assist Carleton Willard employees with nursing education expenses.
Published in The Recorder on May 1, 2013